How E-commerce has changed consumer retailing

 

Ecommerce is our attainable future, not to mention the future of retail. First of all, let’s get the meaning of Ecommerce out of the way. Ecommerce is the process of purchasing and selling products and services by the many available electronic means, which includes the Internet and mobile applications. It is surely a broad term, as it includes both retails along with the electronic transaction. It is quite obvious to note that the economy has certainly undergone a huge revolution and in a good and efficient way.

Ecommerce has been consistent in its growth since 2003 and looking at its usage, it will never experience a slack in its development. Retail sales have been transformed drastically due to e-commerce sales. However, whereas it becomes a more efficient way of retail sales, and the total sales have been boosted by it, E-commerce is apparently making in-store sales go as far way down as possible. Holidays are the peak season for e-commerce to spread its wings. There are a lot of offers, including buy1get1 free, certain % off, among others. Holidays also become some of the best days to exchange gifts, and hence, the online retailers have their tactic in place as soon as the season approaches.

The consumers – rightly so – now expect a proper shopping experience, highly personalized just for them; it wouldn’t matter about the device they are using, or whatever stage they are at. This has been proven in a study. And to note it, this has not been the case just for shopping. If you have a question of How does technology affect travel, then the answer is Ecommerce as well. You can always book your tickets and other stuff on just a few clicks on your mobile phones or laptops. Ecommerce has made everything that easy.

Mobile phones have, perhaps, impacted consumer retailing, more than anyone can imagine. It has become a primary means to do business from palm efficiently. A study regarding this issue was done in the year 2018. Named as 2018 Forrester’s Retail Best Practices – Mobile Web Study’, it has found that most of the people use their smartphones to purchase any kind of products and services. To list them –

  • To discover new products
  • To locate products and compare prices
  • To create and manage shopping lists
  • To make purchases
  • To review purchases

This impact of technology on industry of sales has brought in a literal shopping revolution. This calls on the point that people have very grossly neglected. We have changed the way we shop. However, it also means we also need to reevaluate the way products are being sold. There are two advantages as to why online shopping has got more crows than store shopping. The first one is that online retailing is so much cheaper than the store one. And secondly, it is also a huge time saver – you won’t have to wait in a long line just to pay for a small product you wish to purchase.

It can be seen that most of the consumers now adopt a technique called the ‘showrooming’. Future of retail is here as a buzz for a longer period and there is immense potential. It is quite simple really, they go to the store with their phones, and check the prices on both, their phones and in the store. This makes them decide which would be a better option, hence saving their money and by far, time as well. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce has reported about the e-commerce takeover that has to be taking over the world right now.

We wouldn’t know what is there in store for us in the future, but one thing is for sure, E-commerce has made consumers’ lives a lot easier, by changing the face of consumer retailing. Let’s set go and make out the most from this excellent period!

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Why You Should Invest in Personal Finance Training for Your Employees

Personal finance and budgeting play a role in everyone’s life. It’s no secret that your ability to wisely allocate financial resources has a significant impact on your quality of life. 

Unfortunately, most individuals — including your employees  — are probably not as financially capable as they ought to be. High schools and colleges have stopped making financial literacy a requirement to graduate, and so many individuals are completely unaware of personal finance basics of personal finances. 

At this point, you might be wondering why you, as an employer or someone in HR, should care about this. Why should it matter to you that employees can successfully manage their finances? Well, here are just some of the reasons why you should invest (or advocate that your business invest) in personal finance training for employees:

Less Stress, Higher Productivity

For one, stress as a result of personal financial mismanagement is a common problem of the workforce today, resulting in lower rates of productivity and ultimately affecting a company’s bottom line. About 68% of employees are not fully engaged at work, and much of this can be attributed to financial stress. 

This is backed up by Dr. Thomas Garman, a Virginia Tech professor, who states, “Workers waste 20 hours of company time a month thinking about and dealing with personal finances.” Further, 40% of employees have even openly admitted that personal stress greatly affects their productivity at work.

With these figures in mind, teaching your employees about personal finance management can only be a win-win. Most employee learning takes place during work hours, so it makes sense to offer opportunities for employees to learn more about personal finances. In return, they will get rid of financial stress and become more productive. 

Retain Top Talent

Providing a benefit like personal finance training for employees can also help you attract and retain top talent. In fact, a Society for Human Resources study found that “employees are looking to their employers for help with managing their financial wellness.” Today, with the rise of the gig economy, many workers are able to control their work hours and get paid for extra time on the clock. Given the fact that the gig economy as a whole can offer more pay, this provides the means for employees to feel financially secure while also attracting top talent. 

Jobs as part of the gig economy rarely come with benefits, so including personal finance training in your benefits package gives yourself an edge when it comes to recruiting talent. Thus, including financial wellness training as a part of an employee’s benefits package can yield positive results. This is a great way for a company to demonstrate their commitment to the well-being of those they employ.

Ripple Effect on Society

An often-overlooked advantage of providing finance training for your employees is the ripple effect it can have. Giving employees this information enables them to spread financial best practices to friends and family, ultimately improving the well-being of those around them. While this may not immediately and directly benefit your company, it does create for a more financially stable community in the long-run. In turn, this new, more skilled society will help your business’ bottom line. 

These are just a few of the reasons you should consider financial training benefits for your employees. As you can see, alongside enhancing employees’ lives, your company stands to benefit greatly from this inclusion. The best part is that personal finance training programs are actually quite easy to implement. Here are some tactics to consider: 

Give a Financial Self-Assessment 

The first step in promoting the financial wellness of your employees is gauging how much they know about personal money management. People often struggle with planning their finances because they neglect (or intentionally avoid) thinking about them critically. As a result, they are unable to adequately plan for the future.

A financial self-assessment solves this problem and allows for both managers and employees to learn about their personal financial capabilities. Once this is done, your employees can identify pain points in their financial planning and take the appropriate steps to make changes. There are many free financial assessment quizzes available online that you can hand out to your employees. A good starting point for a personal finance self-assessment can be found at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau website.

Offer Classes/Training Seminars 

Fixed classes or seminars are effective ways of teaching financial wellness on an ongoing basis. You could devote one hour a week to a training seminar where employees could be given the chance to hear from various experts and financial planning. Each seminar could cover a different topic under the umbrella of personal financial wellness, including how to improve and maintain good credit, how to pay off credit card debt, how to plan for retirement and a child’s education, how to invest, and more. 

Even if you aren’t in the position to host seminars, you could consider giving your employees the option to enroll in online money management classes and cover the cost. Alternatively, you could offer premium access to sites like SkillShare or Udemy that offer classes from experts across a range of topics. 

Provide Budgeting Tools

Budgeting is key to personal finance management. Make sure your employees know basic budgeting skills — you could even start with the “give, save, and spend” concept that is used to teach children about money. From there, teach employees about the principles of setting up a household budget such as identifying income, tracking spending, and determining goals. You could also keep an eye out for financial tools that could help your employees. These include free retirement planning tools, investing tools, budgeting apps, and more. 

Spread Awareness About Cost-Effective Options

Another initiative that is easy to implement is spreading awareness about resources that outline how to get the most cost-effective services. Choosing cost-effective options can increase savings and aid money management efforts. One way to do so is to teach employees how to evaluate various deals for everyday services through a monthly email newsletter. 

For instance, you could send out a newsletter that details how to pick the best internet deal for one’s home, covering pointers like looking for plans in the “Back to School” period in August. The following month you could send out a newsletter about how to pick the best car insurance, and what to consider when choosing one. Spreading awareness about ongoing deals that you have researched, as well as knowledge about how to choose cost-effective options is a good way to educate employees about making financially sound decisions. 

Promoting the financial wellness of your employees is a great investment, benefitting both your company and your employees. Use these tips to introduce personal finance training into your employee benefits package to build a more productive and financially savvy workplace.

ServiceNow Research Assesses Impact of Digital Transformation on Employees

New research from ServiceNowa leading enterprise cloud based provider of digital workflows, reveals employees in EMEA companies, embracing workplace automation, report greater job satisfaction (62%), customer satisfaction (71%) boosted productivity (72%) and increased time for creativity (62%). Two thirds say workplace automation improves their organisation’s financial performance and nearly half believe they benefit from job creation.

EMEA employees express that the rise in digitisation enables them to benefit from automating menial tasks, subsequently improving their opportunities for advancement (64%) and more meaningful work. Yet fewer than one in three (27%) of companies studied (27%) have automated the processes with which they work, leaving over two thirds of work processes with substantial manual activity.

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Employees worry more about change than fear of machines

There has been much rhetoric around ‘fear of machines’, yet employees studied worry more about change than robots taking their jobs:

  • 31% are concerned about learning new skills or processes and 28% worry about changing the way their job is performed
  • Only 17% worry about losing their job
  • Employees in highly digitised companies report they benefit from increased job creation (42%) as opposed to only 23% in less automated companies (23%)
  • 86% view AI technologies as the future of work
  • Under a fifth (16%) fear being told what to do by a machine

 

Employees have a desire to learn and improve digital skills

  • 66% of employees have a desire to learn or improve their digital skills
  • 15% say their job requires advanced digital skills
  • 75% believe they have the digital skills required to perform their job well
  • Only 18% find adapting to digitised work processes difficult

 

Increased financial success

Employees in ‘highly automated’ organisations are more likely than those with less automated processes to report that their firms have high revenue growth, exceed financial goals and are much more profitable than competitors.

  • 55% of those in highly automated companies see higher profitability than their competitors, compared to only 31% in less automated companies
  • In highly automated companies, 21% see ‘much higher’ profitability vs. 5% for others
  • 36% of highly automated companies report that they exceeded their financial goals compared to just 16% for others

 

“Highly automated companies are making use of digital workflows to simplify complex tasks, respond rapidly to users’ needs and take a predictive approach to maintenance,” says Chris Pope, VP Innovation, ServiceNow. “Automation enables employees to reclaim time spent on unfulfilling tasks and refocus it on more meaningful work. The result is significantly greater efficiency, productivity and job satisfaction compared to companies with more manually-led operations.

“Activities such as resolving customer issues are critical to customer and employee satisfaction, so they should receive more focus from an automation standpoint in the future. The question businesses need to be asking now is how they can make the necessary changes to realise these benefits,” adds Pope.

Backlog Management: Making Sure  Your Backlog Is Lean 

A lot goes into running an online business. An online business can be classified as a variety of different things. You can run a website, build software, create an app or a wide range of other ventures. While more and more people are venturing online to start a business, it isn’t an easy task. There is not only a lot of competition but many new startups (whether online or not), will fail.

However, running a business today can also be easier than ever. There are many tools, software, and programs that can help with numerous aspects of your business. For example, with how important coding is to many businesses, there have been several different tools that can assist with your coding and monitoring your app. If you want to learn more about some of them, check out this link: JavaScript Error Logging Service Error Handling.

Unfortunately, trying to do too much or bloating your company with tools or other things can also often be problematic. Clutter or bloating in a company can cause many issues, and this is especially true when it comes to your backlog. A backlog is a collection or list of different new features, bug fixes, changes and more than your team wants to implement. If this backlog is too big or clogged up with stuff, it can hurt your business in many ways. It can slow down innovation, lead to confusion and can greatly reduce your time to market. With that in mind, this article is going to look at a couple of different tips to ensure your backlog is lean. 

Do Your Best to Prevent or Eliminate Waste

When you have a ton of unnecessary items in your backlog, it does nothing but wastes both time and resources. It can also make it quite tough to focus on the actual important items that could be buried in the backlog. As a result, you should get rid of any unnecessary entrants. Reducing the inventory to only things that are essential can go a long way. 

In addition to this, you should be sure to prevent any future waste or overproduction in your backlog. This means you should only look to provide what customers and users actually need, and not try to go above and beyond by overproducing. This will keep everything clean and concise and helps people focus on what is most important. 

Know When to Say No

As you are likely aware, it can be incredibly challenging to say no. This is especially true at the workplace and responding to colleague or coworker requests. However, when dealing with your backlog, it is incredibly important to be able to say no. Any ideas or potential entries that don’t contribute to the overall goal of the team should be declined.

This will ensure your product, software, company or program never becomes bloated. Sure, turning ideas down can be disheartening, it needs to be done. The less amount of items within the backlog, the leaner it will be. Even if something might be important later on, refrain from adding to the backlog to ensure it stays lean. Instead, you could add it to your roadmap or simply keep it on the back burner until it is time to make use of it.

Manage and Prioritize Your Backlog 

Of course, how your team actually manages the backlog can have a huge impact on how lean it is. You need to come up with a management plan and ensure everyone is on the same page regarding it. Everyone should be a part of ensuring the backlog is continuously updated and kept fresh. 

In addition to managing the backlog, it needs to be prioritized as well. You and your team need to work together to decide when and how each item should be implemented. Is it needed right now? Or can it wait for a future update? Addressing this early and often will make sure your team always knows how to move forward. 

In conclusion, hopefully, this blog post is able to help you make sure your backlog is lean. 

What HR Can Do to Promote a Healthy Work Environment

Most workspaces present some kind of challenge for an employee’s health. Whether that be too many unhealthy temptations, a job that’s physically demanding, a job that isn’t physical enough, or even one that challenges a person’s mental health, each working environment can do more to prioritize employee health. Not only do healthy employees work better, it’s also beneficial to workplace culture for employees to feel as though their employer cares about their well-being and not just the bottom line. 

In order for HR to promote a healthy work environment, there are a few things they can do. By taking steps that prioritize employee health, employees can go from experiencing wellness challenges to watching their health thrive in the office. 

Be a Source of Health Information

There is a wealth of health information available out there, but it can be difficult to sift through studies, warnings, and updates if you’re not familiar with health news. For this reason, it can be helpful to be a source of health information for employees. You can do this by releasing a health newsletter each month, which can include things like medication news that may impact their health, food and drug recalls, or new CDC research. You might also recruit experts to speak or offer a health fair to allow employees to research wellness options in their area. Include various types of insurance, holistic health services, and mental health physicians as well. This way, you can be a reliable source of health information for your employees. 

Understand Employee Health Gaps

Not every work environment will require the same things to promote health for employees. The key is in identifying employee health gaps and working to provide ways to remedy them. For instance, if your employees sit for a large portion of their work day, promoting a healthy work environment will involve encouraging walking breaks or purchasing standing desks. If your employees have a physically demanding job, promoting a healthy work environment will involve offering rest breaks and comfortable areas for relaxation. 

Both health gaps are damaging to employees’ overall health and wellbeing. In addition to the type of work done, it’s also important to offer support for each employee’s specific health condition by providing what they need to be productive, safe, and fulfilled in the workplace.

Provide Healthy Alternatives

An office environment can be problematic to a person’s health because of all of the unhealthy temptations that can occur. Morning donuts, pizza luncheons, complimentary soda, etc., can all derail a person’s health goals. This doesn’t mean cutting out the bagels and complimentary lunches altogether, it just means you can promote a healthy work environment by offering healthy alternatives as well. 

For instance, some may prefer the health benefits of tea over coffee, so offering both can help employees to stick with their preferred beverage. The same is true for fruit and granola in addition to donuts and bagels, a salad bar in addition to pizza, or low-calorie and no-sugar drinks in addition to soda. 

Promote Exercise and Wellness

Exercise and wellness are staples of health, and promoting them at work can do a lot to create a healthy work environment. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and promote physical and mental health, so providing a benefit like a gym facility or a paid gym membership can go a long way for employee wellness. You might also organize an exercise outing for those who wish to participate, such as a group hike or an employee team for a local 5k. 

This way of promoting a healthy work environment is great for workplace culture, which is great for company reputation as well. You can promote wellness in the office by offering on-site flu shots, organizing a health clinic, providing wearable medical tech, or designating a quiet area for meditation and relaxation to relieve stress. 

Prioritize Mental Health and Safety

Providing a healthy work environment isn’t just about offering healthy snacks and a gym membership, it’s also fostering a work culture that isn’t detrimental to their mental health and an environment dedicated to keeping them safe. Work on promoting a healthy work-life balance by offering PTO, flexible schedules, adequate pay, and the freedom to take time if they are burnt out. Be open about any mental health information employees may need, and make sure any insurance plans include mental health services. 

You might also offer sexual harassment training to ensure all employees understand consent, boundaries, and appropriate behavior in and out of the office. Work hard to make employees feel safe, and establish trust so they feel protected enough to report any incidents if they should occur. 

A healthy work environment should make an employee feel happy, healthy, fulfilled, and safe. It’s impossible to cater to every employee perfectly, but you can reach many of them by providing them with a few resources to help promote a healthier lifestyle. Not only is this better for employee morale and workplace culture, it also works to build better employees who enjoy their jobs and feel more productive. Employees will be happier and healthier overall when you show them that you are invested in and care about their health.

3 Tips to Build a Guest Blogging Strategy to Boost Your SEO Efforts

Guest blogging is useful and helps your business to reach new heights. The most common strategies include link building and creating awareness surrounding your brand through guest posts. It is the lifeline of all digital business. There is no doubt about the same. Then, you cannot write guest posts, submit anywhere you like, and expect positive results. To make things work, you need to build a content marketing strategy. There is no shortcut to the process. You need to spend some of your time and effort to see the desired results.

According to an article published on https://www.huffpost.com, when you guest post on authority sites, you drive immense traffic, get more views on your website, your site content, and products or services. Read on to learn about the three essential tips to build a guest blogging strategy to improve your site’s SEO.

  1. Look for Guest blogging platforms on Google

No matter what products or services you offer, you find numerous guest post sites on the web. Yes, there are opportunities galore. You must know where to look. The best way is searching on Google. Find platforms that relate to your business. Use search terms such as (Topic before each), guest article, write for us, guest blog, or contributor. Make a list of at least 10 guest blogging sites and choose the best three.

  1. Go through the site guidelines very carefully

Read the site guidelines carefully before you start writing. Learn what they expect in the posts, follow the instructions, and then write. Understand whether the site is a no-follow or a do-follow one. The one you choose depends on the site’s objective or purpose.

The goal of guest blogging is to earn quality links from their website to that of yours. Once it passes your website via the backlinks, you can improve on your site’s Google rankings organically.

The do-follow links matter in guest blogging so that you can include the same into your site in the body copy or byline. Besides, you can read more about SEO-friendly content on sites like WalnutSEO.com. However, it is better to hop no-follow links for the time being.

  1. Read the existing blogs and then write a pitch

You need to write a pitch and get approval for guest blogging on an authority site. Research the site and then pitch saying why your blog content matters. You can include a few topics as well. Write what would like to integrate into your post. Mention in your pitch how your guest post will be unique. Avoid replication of something already published online or a topic that people already know.

When you get approval, write on topics that will increase traffic and your post will have genuine readers. Focus on quality posts instead of quantity. Take your time to write a thousand-word guest blog. There is no need to rush. Grow your business with quality traffic.

Conclusion

The key to successful SEO guest blogging is to understand the site metrics and building a mutually beneficial relationship with the site owner. Good luck!

Reasons to Choose Aluminum Bifold Doors

Many are choosing aluminum bifold doors for a good reason, and here, we’ll discuss why people are making this change, and why it matters. They do add retail value to your home, but they do so much more, and it’s quite a nice improvement. they’re becoming super popular for a good reason, and here we’ll explain why they matter. 

They are Light and Strong

These doors typically are strong, but they don’t feel bulky or cumbersome. Aluminum tends to have a lower density compared to most metals, so the bi-fold doors typically are slim, but also quite sturdy, and you can create small lines with these, in order to make it look more modern, and gives better views into your home and the outside world.  they’re very open, and it allows for you to really embrace the outside world, even inside.  

Aluminum is also quite strong.  it’s rigid in most conditions, especially if you live in a climate that has a lot of hotness, or different elements.  they’re super low-maintenance, so if you’re a homeowner looking to upgrade, this is how.  

Perfect for Contemporary Homes

As said before, these are typically very modern-looking, and they are perfect for if you’re looking to get into the contemporary design for the home, or if you’re planning that.  These are slim, and the sightlines are very clean, making it very unobtrusive, and creates a modern aesthetic that you’ll enjoy. It also gives lots of natural light, and the glass is both visible but doesn’t look tacky like other materials. 

Available in Lots of Colors and Styles

One thing you’ll love about these doors is that they have so many different styles, in that you can choose whether to have them go inside or outside to open up, or even left or right, depending on how you want to create the effect in your home, or whatever needs you to want. Lots of people like them because you can choose how to fit them in your home, and the apertures go as large as 6 mm in width, so they accommodate lots of sizes.

But the colors too are worth mentioning. While most of the time you get doors in a few colors, the aluminum bi-fold doors allow for you to choose different colors in order to suit the design of your home in the way that you want it to. There are over 200 different colors to choose from, and with aluminum bifold doors, you have a lot to work with that allows you to match the color scheme of your home. With aluminum bifold door Bondi, you can even get dual colors, one for the outside of your home and the inside part in order to better fit your scheme of décor and the exterior nature of your home. 

Super Accessible

The nice thing about these doors is not only are they super open, but they are also super easy to use, and you can get them in low threshold choices. Low threshold allows for you to make the transition between outdoor and indoor easily, and if you need to consider accessibility in your home, you can utilize this, since it prevents those who are walking from having to step over a threshold to get from place to another.  If you’re going to be using the doors and area for a lot, this is ultimately the way for you to go.  

Security You Can Trust

Aluminum bi-fold doors are more secure than your average doors you may see, and they create a robust level of protection for your home. they’re so strong that they can withstand the elements, and it’s not just the elements they can beat, it’s the burglars too.  They are usually in a secure placement too, and you can even get them in a design that’s made so that they are strong enough to prevent break-ins. They are in some cases the standard police officers insist upon for the home, and they’re definitely worth it if security is your utmost concern. 

Efficient Material

While they are durable and strong, there’s also the factor that aluminum is good for the environment, in that it’s 100% recyclable, so if you’re wanting sustainability and energy efficiency, that’s the key.  Plus, with the way that they’re made, it allows for lots of light to come in, which means that you can save lots of money on electricity, and even heating costs.  

Plus, if you’re wanting to create a solar controlled home, you can get these in that version, or even laminated one, and it will prove to be an energy efficient material, and that in turn will allow for a greener home.  

Easy to Maintain

They’re so easy to maintain that you don’t even have to maintain these for the most part. Aluminum bi-fold doors are actually almost maintenance free, in that the one thing you may want to consider is wiping them down every so often, or lubricating the hinges and locks. But even then that’s quite a simple action, and it doesn’t even need to take a ton of time.  it’s really all that’s required, and usually, these don’t hold smudges a lot of the times. 

They’re usually able to be fitted with blinds as well, so if you want to have the means to shield the light from the room, you can do so by adding this, and it’s as simple as raising them in order to bring light into the home for you to utilize. 

Aluminum bifold doors are super nice, and they are the future in many homes.  they’re super energy efficient, and they do the job. If you’re looking to upgrade your home whatsoever, consider utilizing these, for they can make a home look better, prettier, and more energy efficient than ever before, and it’s something that, if you’re a homeowner looking to upgrade, this should definitely be considered due to the many uses that this has, and the many ways you can utilize this as well. 

 

What to Consider Before Implementing a Pet-Friendly Office Policy

If you’re looking for a way to reduce stress in your office and improve employee productivity, adopting a pet-friendly office policy might be the solution. Having dogs in the workplace can encourage employees to interact with each other and may even result in reduced employee absenteeism. Another perk is that a pet-friendly office can even help to recruit millennials

But adopting a pet-friendly office policy is something that needs to be done strategically, since it can also have some downsides. The safety and happiness of both employees and their pets needs to be a priority, and bringing pets into the workplace also creates some legal liabilities that you should be prepared for. 

Options for Employees Who Can’t Be Around Dogs

While many of your employees may love the idea of a pet-friendly office, you’ll need to consider the employees who either can’t or don’t want to be around dogs. According to Square Foot, employees with pet allergies can experience mild to severe symptoms with dogs in the office. The Americans with Disabilities Act recognizes allergies as a disability in some cases, and if your office cannot accommodate the needs of employees with pet allergies, you could be discriminating against an employee with a disability (and breaking the law in the process). 

It’s also important to consider the fact that some employees may be fearful of dogs. Square Foot states that fear of dogs is one of the most common phobias, and bringing dogs into the workplace could create a situation where employees feel unsafe or even are unable to function. 

The layout of your office may allow you to create dog-friendly areas, so employees can avoid dogs if they need to. This solution does risk causing some employees to feel isolated or left out, though. 

Liability Insurance with Pets in the Workplace

Bringing pets into the workplace can increase your company’s liability. If employees or customers are injured by a pet or a pet causes damage in the building you’re renting, your business could be held liable. 

To understand how pets could affect your liability and your business insurance, start by having a conversation with your current insurance company. You may need to take out an additional business liability policy that specifically covers pets in the workplace. 

In addition to taking out liability insurance, you should prepare a plan in case an employee is ever bitten by a dog while in the workplace. Your plan should incorporate elements like a method for promptly gathering information about the incident, reporting the bite to the authorities, ensuring the employee gets immediate medical treatment, and removing the dog from the workplace. 

Dog Insurance to Protect Employees

When you bring multiple dogs into the same area for long periods of time, accidents and incidents can happen. Dogs can injure themselves while roughhousing with each other, and dog fights can and do occur. These incidents may result in costly vet bills. 

Pet insurance can help dog owners to cover the costs of unexpected vet bills and medical issues. If a dog gets into a fight, accesses some food that he shouldn’t eat, or has any other type of accident in the workplace, having pet insurance can reduce some of the financial stress that a trip to the animal ER or vet can create. You may want to recommend that your employees look into pet insurance policies before bringing their pets to the workplace. 

Having dogs in the office can carry the risk of diseases spreading, too. Kennel Cough is a highly contagious disease that can quickly spread when dogs are in close quarters. It results in a dry, hacking cough, and symptoms can last between one and three weeks. The disease spreads similarly to the way that colds spread among humans, and if dogs are together in an enclosed environment, like an office, the disease can spread rapidly. Employees may want to invest in a Kennel Cough vaccine for their dogs before bringing them to the office. 

Pets as Workplace Distractions

Pets are great for relieving stress and driving engagement between employees, but a workplace filled with pets can also be distracting. Multiple pets underfoot can disrupt employees’ attention spans, and the sound of dogs barking the background doesn’t make for a professional conference call with clients. 

If you decide to make your office pet-friendly, plan for ways to manage the pets and ensure employee safety. This may mean a restriction on the number of pets in the office each day and a requirement that pet owners bring in crates or baby gates to keep pets contained when they have to go to other rooms for conference calls. You may want to write a pet policy that dictates minimum age and training requirements for pets, office areas that are out-of-bounds, required vaccines for pets, and more. 

Informing an employee that their pet’s behavior is not acceptable and that their pet cannot continue to come into the office can create a difficult situation, but these types of situations can and will arise when you have pets in the office. By making a pet policy as detailed and clear as possible, you can help your employees to understand what’s expected of them and their pets. A detailed pet policy can also help to avoid problems before they happen. 

Plenty of offices are successfully pet-friendly, but it’s a decision that requires careful deliberation and preparation. Think about it thoroughly, and consider every scenario that could arise with the implementation of a pet policy. Get the opinion of all the office employees, and if it’s an overwhelming want, you can successfully make it happen. 

 

How to Maintain your Skin Health While Traveling

When people travel, they experience different climates and environmental conditions. Our skin responds differently to various environments, some of which are inviting while others can be unfavorable.

Visiting a new place is itself stressful, and it exposes your skin to various environmental conditions like heat, cold, dry air, pollution, etc. All such conditions can have a negative impact on the skin. Moreover, if you travel in a plane, the recycled dry air steals the moisture from your skin and makes it more susceptible to dryness and acne.

Therefore, it is essential to take special care of your skin while traveling. You need to plan the things early and take the beauty products along with you as there is no guarantee that you can find them at your destination. Check out these tips to take care of your skin while traveling.

Moisturize

 

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The first and most crucial step to take care of your skin is to keep it moisturized all the time. It will keep your skin hydrated and less prone to dryness and ugly breakouts. Apply a good quality moisturizer on your skin the night before you are going to travel. Also, use a few hours before leaving for your trip as it will help the skin retain some moisture even after hours of traveling in the dry air.

Skip the foundation

Usually, women apply foundation before makeup while going out, but you should skip the foundation on the day you leave for your trip. Instead, apply a moisturizer, and if you cannot leave without foundation and makeup, apply a primer first. A primer is a liquid that creates a layer of protection between your skin and makeup. The primer also makes your foundation last longer and protects your skin from dehydration while traveling.

Apply sunscreen

Don’t forget to apply sunscreen regardless of the weather to save you from harmful UV rays. Sunscreen protects your skin from unwanted tanning and sunburns. You will need to apply sunscreen every three hours if you are going to walk or travel in open after arrival. It is essential to use a high SPF sunscreen that offers protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

Blot out oily skin

Some people have oily skin that secretes a lot of oils when they move to a different environment. If you have oily skin, you should carry a pack of blotting papers or face wipes that will help you look fresh all the times. As soon as you feel the excessive moisture on your skin wipe it out with blotting paper or face wipes. So you can retain the moisture in your skin as well as look fresh by using face wipes.

Treat the acne

Many women complain about acne on their faces when they go on trips. When the skin gets dry, it overproduces oil to counter the dryness that leads to the development of acne. After arrival on your destination, use a small drop of drying lotion on the problem areas while going to sleep in the night. Drying lotion is antibacterial and will prevent the acne from developing.

Comfort clothing

The comfort of your body is vital for the health of your skin. Wearing tight and uncomfortable clothes can cause sweating, itching, irritation, and rashes on your skin. You can wear trendy and fashionable clothes as long as they are not too tight or synthetic.

Wearing comfortable clothes made of natural fiber can save your skin from various problems like infections and heat bumps. Most people don’t pay attention to the effects of clothes on the skin, but they are essential to consider while going on trips.

Drink enough water

Most people drink water only when they feel the thirst. However, our body needs more water than we think. It is essential to drink water once every hour to maintain the hydration of body and skin. As long as your skin is hydrated, it will not suffer from problems due to excessive dryness that is common during trips. It is best to keep an insulated water bottle with you all the times on your trips as well as in your daily life.

Keep your body healthy

 

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Our skin is a reflection of the health of our body. The diet we consume, the water we drink, the workout we do, and the stress we carry, everything is reflected on our face and skin. If you feed your body with junk foods and carbonated drinks, your skin shows the same.

Therefore, it is essential to consume the right foods such as fruits and raw vegetables and drink at least ten glasses of water enough to keep your skin healthy. It might be difficult to ignore the delicious street foods on your destinations, but the more you control your cravings, the more it is better for your skin.

Use a Cleanser or Astringent

The skin attracts most dust while traveling, and it is essential to clean the same every day. As soon as you come back to your hotel, use a face cleanser or astringent solution to clean all the muck from your face. It is best to keep the cleanser with you all the time as you can use it anytime to clean your face.

Ice for puffy eyes

It’s common for travelers to suffer from puffiness and under-eye circles. Ask for some ice cubes in your hotel, wrap them in a washcloth, and put on your eyes for two to three minutes to remove the puffiness of eyes. You can do it every night before sleeping to soothe your eyes and protect them from under-eye circles.

Final Words

These are some tips to maintain your skin health while traveling. There are many things you can do to take care of your skin on your trips. It is best to carry all the products that you need for your skin on the trips as the same may not be available on your travel destination. If you are going on a hiking or camping trip, don’t forget to carry a survival kit with you. Following the skin care tips in this post can help travelers to take care of their skin on any trip.

How to Encourage Workplace Diversity through Recruitment

The diversification of the workplace is so much more than a reputation-builder for brands looking to “score points” with their audience. While you may, in fact, earn more respect from your clients, your audience, and your peers by stepping up to this very relevant social issue, the benefits of the practice span much deeper for you as well as your employees. From enriching your culture, inspiring collaboration, and improving productivity, all the way to increasing your retention rate, diversity does pay off in a range of different ways.

Still, many employers feel stuck wanting to build a more diverse company culture, but failing to do so simply because they’re not certain where to begin. More often than not, they are using outdated hiring practices without any knowledge on how to improve or update them, or implement new ones that will encourage a more diverse pool of candidates to apply for your job posts. If you’d like to see your company become more representative of the society we live in, here are a few recruitment suggestions to kick-start your efforts. 

Rethink the language in your job descriptions

If there’s underlying bias in your hiring processes, you might be unwittingly using biased language in your job ads, as well. A simple example would be the usage of the term “salesman” instead of “sales executive” or “salesperson”, implying that you’d prefer a male employee over a female one – even though you’d never put it that way when asked directly. Subconscious bias is a significant issue among businesses everywhere, and you can begin to address it by changing your voice in job descriptions

This doesn’t mean that you will necessarily jeopardize your brand’s tone of voice. On the contrary, if diversity is a significant part of your culture, or at least you wish it to be, then your wording should reflect that. If necessary, you can work with an external hiring expert who can point out similar inconsistencies in your descriptions to ensure that you’re appealing to a wider audience instead of a bias-based, limited pool of candidates. 

Adapt your workplace policies

Among many benefits of hiring people with disabilities in different industries, some of the greatest include higher retention rates, diversifying your customer pool, and lower absenteeism. Opening your doors to people with disabilities means that your company reputation will also soar, and that you’ll be able to hire exceptionally talented, skillful individuals who often get overlooked simply because companies aren’t ready to make room for them. The question is, are you ready?

Take a look at your existing office space and company policies. If they are restrictive, unsafe, and created to suit people without disabilities, you make it close to impossible for someone outside of that realm to apply for a position with your company. Introducing more flexibility in work hours, adding adjustable desks, and providing a maneuverable office space makes all the difference. Go the extra mile, make the necessary changes, and let the world know that you’re hiring, so that more people with a disability will feel welcome. 

Switch to “blind” interviews and resumes

In addition to gender and ability, bias can come in many other forms, and it’s also typically subconscious, making it very difficult for companies to change their hiring mechanisms for the better. That is why, when you finally discover you have an underlying issue with hiring with more diversity in mind, you need to try implementing this simple, but powerful method: blinding your recruiting processes. By removing any indicators of gender, ethnicity and other labels, you prevent yourself from judging those candidates based on those particular qualities. Without seeing their name and age, you might be more inclined to hire that person based solely on their skills and experience. 

Beyond the actual resume review process, you can actually transform the interview into a blind selection process as well. Instead of a video chat or a face-to-face interview, you can book a phone call and use voice masking technology to remove any indicators of their gender. Chat room interviews are also being used often as a replacement for in-person meetings for the very same reason. These two blind strategies will ultimately help you keep an open mind and eliminate underlying bias from the hiring process. 

Define your hiring goals

First of all, start by conducting a thorough review of your current recruiting processes and your existing employee makeup. That way, you’ll be able to use numbers as a clear indicator of any bias in your company, and spot perfect opportunities for improvement. However, if you do notice that there are several major segments in which you can make a difference to be more inclusive, it can be close to impossible to introduce these changes all in bulk.

Instead, you may want to consider specifying each goal over the course of a year, if not even longer. Make sure that those goals are specific and realistic for your business, and expressed in numbers that can help you measure your progress. That way, you can outline a strategic approach to reach these specific goals. So, if you’re looking to hire 10% more female candidates in your IT department, you can create very specific methods to tackle this issue, attract more qualified female candidates, and build a more diverse workplace.

 

Building a more diverse company culture is a journey, not a destination. Use these tips to transform your recruiting process, and you’ll give your business a fair chance to empower diversity in every way, and help your reputation grow as a result.